It’s so inspiring when the Universe drops another pearl at my feet. I get to share it with all of you. Maybe I should keep the source of my inspiration to myself and just pretend I come up with such wisdom on my own, from my intellect. But that wouldn’t be any fun. Pearls of wisdom are treasure. The fun is in sharing and enjoying, what I believe, is Universal wisdom.
This pearl, “CHEF, FROM YOUR KITCHEN, CREATE!”, came to me in a flash (a thought in my head) as I was contemplating the consequences of words I use when I say, “I am…” and, alternately, when I say, “I am not…”.
At the moment I received the words I thought of cooking, of course. But, you can replace the words CHEF and KITCHEN with anything that you relate to. “ARTIST, FROM YOUR EASEL, CREATE!” “SINGER, FROM YOUR VOICE, CREATE!” “WELDER, FROM YOUR TORCH, CREATE!” “TEACHER FROM YOUR CLASSROOM, CREATE!” In my case; “WRITER, FROM YOUR PEN, CREATE!”
It’s a metaphor that reminds me that life is about creation. We humans feel JOY when creating because that’s when we’re in sync with the source of all creation. JOY is the wonderful feeling we experience when we’re lost in our work because our work is what we love to do. And when we’re feeling JOY, our life’s energy, our spirit is shining brightly. More Joy leads to better health and more physical energy. CREATE and live life well.
Finding a way to experience more JOY is the best thing a human being can do for themselves and those around them. When we’re happy with our lives it’s contagious. The energy around us changes the energy of others. Life becomes a pleasure. Perception of our tasks and interactions with others is changed for the good.
For most of my life I didn’t know where my JOY was. I thought we were each born to accomplish something important. Something society thought was important. Only I never figured out what that was for me. Actually, I think our American culture pressures us to become SOMETHING. And not just something, but something IMPORTANT. To be SUCCESSFUL. And the proof of success, of course, is how much money can be generated from our efforts. But, how often do we hear of the unhappiness of those we think have everything money can buy?
Rather late in life, I learned that the thing that takes our minds to a place where time has no meaning is where our JOY is. The place where we forget to eat, where we work effortlessly and something just flows through us so naturally that we forget about everything around us. I’d had those experiences since I was a child. Drawing, painting and sewing to name a few, were my constant activities when young. When I was older, reading and writing, which are still a passion. But, I never saw those passions as having a purpose of value. I guess I was having too much fun and didn’t see how I could make those things into something that would “pay.” My values were misplaced. I can’t help but feel that I’m not alone in this. The value was in the JOY!
Happy is the person who can lose themselves in the JOY of their work. I am…a writer. I am…an artist. I am not…going to waste any more of my time on earth letting others make decisions about my life. Love and creativity make life worth living. Life is short…CHEF, FROM YOUR KITCHEN, CREATE! NOW.